Authorities in northern Germany have called on more than 8,000 people to withdraw their doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is because, in many cases, it is suspected that the nurse injected a salt solution instead of a vaccination agent.
Police are investigating the activities of a nurse at a vaccination center in Friesland, near the North Sea coast.
Initially, in March and April 2021, only six people would have received the salt solution.
Many of those affected were over the age of 70 – a high-risk group. pandemic.
Inspector Peter Beer, quoted by Sudetush Zeitung, said the 40-year-old suspect was “sharing serious information about this. coronavirus“On social networks, including criticizing government restrictions to stop the spread of the virus.
Regional broadcaster NDR says 8,557 people were again asked to return for the vaccine. So far, 3,600 more new cases have been identified.
In April, the nurse admitted to giving six people a salt solution for dropping a vial of vaccine on the floor.
But as the police investigation progressed, it became clear that many more people had received the saline solution instead of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
Police do not rule out that the nurse’s action may have been politically motivated, although her lawyers have dismissed this and disputed the alleged scale of the salt switch.
More witnesses are being examined and no charges have been framed in the case so far.
Germany has seen several anti-vaccination protests.
Right-wing groups are among those who reject official figures and conclusions about the spread of COVID-19.